Posts tagged as deployment

Belgian jets conduct first Baltic air policing intercept of their deployment

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Belgian Air Force fighters deployed in the Baltic region as part of NATO’s air policing mission from Sept. 3 were scrambled for the first time on Tuesday, the Belgian Air Force announced. Two Belgian F-16 fighter jets intercepted two Russian Tu-160 strategic bombers and two Sukhoi Su-27 aircraft over the Baltic Sea, the Belgian Air Force said on Twitter. The Belgian air detachment operates from the air base in Siauliai, Lithuania. The Russian Ministry of…

France to send 300 troops to Lithuania next year

Monday, July 15, 2019

France will next year send around 300 troops to NATO’s multinational battalion stationed in Lithuania, the French ambassador in Vilnius said on Sunday. The Alliance deployed units to the three Baltic countries and Poland in early 2017, in response to Russia’s aggression in Ukraine and its activity in the Baltic Sea region. The battalion in Lithuania is led by Germany. Other countries send their troops for a certain period of…

Baltic Protector: first anniversary to be marked in Lithuania

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Defence Ministers and Chiefs from the nine partner nations of the UK-led Joint Expeditionary Force will meet on 28 June  in Klaipėda, Lithaunia, to mark the one-year anniversary of the force reaching full operating capacity. They will gather aboard HMS Albion, which is currently leading the JEF Maritime Task Group deployed on Baltic Protector – a large scale maritime deployment featuring a total of 3,000 military personnel and 20 vessels from…

Trump defends Mexico deal as criticism continues

By Jill Colvin on Monday, June 10, 2019

With his threatened Mexican tariffs now on the backburner, President Donald Trump was looking to claim victory even as some of his Democratic challengers for the White House criticized him for overselling a deal that mostly ramps up existing efforts. Trump defended the agreement reached by U.S. and Mexican negotiators to head off the 5% tax on all Mexican goods that Trump had threatened to impose Monday as he tried…

Independent Europe depends on the US

By Lukas Ramonas on Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Despite the “peaceful goals”, it is quite obvious, that US withdrawal from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (formally, Treaty Between the United States of America and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics on the Elimination of Their Intermediate-Range and Shorter-Range Missiles) is another step toward a new arms race and confrontation with Russia. It is remarkable, that Russian President has delivered Annual Address to the Federal Assembly last week. Vladimir…

New US HIMARS Rockets Don’t Give Any Strategic Advantage to Poland – Publicist

By Krzysztof Podgórski on Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Polish Defence Minister Mariusz Blaszczak announced on 13 February that Poland would sign a contract to purchase the US-made highly-mobile artillery rocket system HIMARS. According to Blaszczak, the purchase of these weapons will provide Poland with “security guarantees”. Sputnik discussed this with independent publicist Krzysztof Podgórski. Sputnik: Would the purchase of 20 rocket systems really provide such a guarantee? Krzysztof Podgórski: I think that the minister goes too far with that premise. Undoubtedly,…

Small Baltic battalions for a big war

By Lukas Ramonas on Monday, January 21, 2019

Allies implemented the 2016 Warsaw Summit decisions to establish NATO’s forward presence in the Baltics (Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland) and to develop presence in the Black Sea region. In general, the Alliance has decided to strengthen its presence in Eastern Europe and the Baltic states. Officially, it was aimed to demonstrate, as part of an overall posture, allies’ solidarity, determination, and ability to act by triggering an immediate mutual…

Lithuanian PM to meet NATO chief over additional support

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis is to meet NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg next week to discuss possible deployment of additional allied capabilities in Lithuania, local media reported on Thursday. According to the Lithuanian government, Skvernelis’ visit to Brussels to meet Stoltenberg is scheduled next Monday. The PM of Lithuania and the NATO chief are to discuss capabilities to enhance the mobility of allied forces in Europe, relations with Ukraine…

The Baltic suicide: How Washington recruits the guerrillas

By Lukas Ramonas on Monday, August 13, 2018

All of us are witnesses of US Special Operations Forces (SOF) continued activity in the Baltic region. This fact is demonstrated by the participation of the V-22 Osprey convertoplanes in the military exercises, which take place in the Baltic countries regularly. The US SOF staff are studying the Baltic battlefield diligently – this is how NATO considers the territory of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia. It`s necessary to mention that the…

Canadian military train in Peterborough before deployment to Latvia

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

More than 200 soldiers from the 1st Battalion, of the Royal Canadian Regiment visit Peterboroug. It was quite the sight as a convoy of massive green army trucks and towering eight-wheeled light infantry vehicles rolled along the city streets with downtown traffic on Tuesday afternoon. Heads turned and some stopped in their tracks at the shear and unusual sight of the military presence in Peterborough. A large crowd gathered in…